QUOTEoftheDay

Wednesday
Sep142011

Lewis Black

The people who told us about sun block were the same people who told us, when I was a kid, that eggs were good. So I ate a lot of eggs. Ten years later they said they were bad. I went, "Well, I just ate the eggs!" So I stopped eating eggs, and ten years later they said they were good again! Well, then I ate twice as many, and then they said they were bad. Well, now I'm really fucked! Then they said they're good, they're bad, they're good, the whites are good, th-the yellows - make up your mind! It's breakfast I've gotta eat!

All the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911.

In my lifetime, we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. We've gone from John F. Kennedy to Al Gore. If this is evolution, I believe that in twelve years, we'll be voting for plants.

Republicans have nothing but bad ideas and Democrats have no ideas.

We always feel better in anticipation. You don't think about something and think "Aw, it's gonna be shitty." NO! You say "This is gonna be the greatest weekend ever! Sonuvabitch!" And then, by Monday, you're throwing up and you're thinking "You know, I always thought those guys were pricks!"

Tuesday
Sep132011

Henri Poincare

If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.

As we can not give a general definition of energy, the principle of the conservation of energy signifies simply that there is something which remains constant.

If we knew exactly the laws of nature and the situation of the universe at the initial moment, we could predict exactly the situation of the same universe at a succeeding moment.

Invention consists in avoiding the constructing of useless contraptions and in constructing the useful combinations which are in infinite minority.

It is the harmony of the diverse parts, their symmetry, their happy balance; in a word it is all that introduces order, all that gives unity, that permits us to see clearly and to comprehend at once both the ensemble and the details.

A scientist worthy of the name, above all a mathematician, experiences in his work the same impression as an artist; his pleasure is as great and of the same Nature.

Monday
Sep122011

Edward Steichen

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.

Every ten years a man should give himself a good kick in the pants.

A good daguerreotype was as perfect a kind of photograph as was ever made.

I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark, branches and foliage that reached up toward the light. But I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself.

When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don't give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.

When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration.


Saturday
Sep032011

Ernest Hemingway

All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn . . .

The man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without.

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.

Courage is grace under pressure.

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.

In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason.

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Friday
Sep022011

Isaac Bashevis Singer

A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is - full of surprises.

Originality is not seen in single words or even in sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.

The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.

The second half of the twentieth century is a complete flop.

There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.

Strange as these words may sound I often play with the idea that when all the social theories collapse and wars and revolutions leave humanity in utter gloom, the poet — whom Plato banned from his Republic — may rise up to save us all.

 


Thursday
Sep012011

Theodore Roosevelt

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.

Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.

I am a part of everything that I have read.

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

I have always been fond of the West African proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."

To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.




Wednesday
Aug312011

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.

A person doesn't die when he should but when he can.

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.

No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing.

What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.

Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.

I can't think of any one film that improved on a good novel, but I can think of many good films that came from very bad novels.

Tuesday
Aug302011

John Steinbeck

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.

If you're in trouble, or hurt or need - go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones.

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.

Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.

This I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.

No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.

Monday
Aug292011

T. S. Eliot

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.

Here I am, an old man in a dry month,
Being read to by a boy, waiting for rain.

History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors
And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions,
Guides us by vanities...

Humankind cannot bear very much reality.

It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves.


 

Sunday
Aug282011

Voltaire

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.

To hold a pen is to be at war.

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

What we find in books is like the fire in our hearths. We fetch it from our neighbor's, we kindle it at home, we communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.